“The Joy of Less” by Francine Jay – Book Review

Overall, I rate this book a solid 4/5 stars. I would definitely recommend this book for anybody out there who is beginning a journey of decluttering, downsizing, becoming minimalist, or who just wants to start improving their lives in general. I think this book is great for beginners because of the way the author clearly explains each step in the process, and separates each chapter so that you’d be able to skip right to the part you need, if you want to do that.

The only thing that I didn’t enjoy as much was simply her writing style. The information was presented clearly, and the examples were fun, but to me it sometimes came across as if she were claiming that each of us would have the same experiences and the same lifestyle. However, the book overall was a good read, and I think that in the future, I could flip back to the beginning or ending chapters to get a nice reminder of what’s really important in life!

Here are some of my favorite quotes and snippets from the book:

“Life is the space between our things.”(page 33)

“Happiness is wanting what you have.” (page 41)

“Cultivating an attitude of gratitude is far more conducive to a minimalist lifestyle. If we recognize the abundance in our lives, and appreciate what we have, we will not want for more. We simply need to focus on what we have, rather than what we don’t have.” (page 43)

“Our choices as consumers have an environmental toll. Every item we buy, from food to books to televisions to cars, uses up some of the earth’s bounty. Not only does its production and distribution require energy and natural resources; its disposal is also cause for concern. Do we really want our grandchildren to live among giant landfills? The less we need to get by, the better off everyone (and our planet) will be. Therefore, we should reduce our consumption as much as possible, and favor products and packaging made from minimal, biodegradable, or recyclable materials.” (page 46)

“Remember the quote, “Music is the space between the notes”? When we take the time to just “be,” we’re appreciating that space — those moments between meeting clients and paying bills and picking up the dry cleaning. And in the process, we stop defining ourselves by what we do — and start to realize who we are.” (page 262)

Thanks for reading!

-Anna <3

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